Man Utd star wants to play in his favoured role on the left of attack under Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag
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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford wants to be given the opportunity to establish himself in his favoured role on the left of attack under Erik ten Hag, according to Goal.

Since breaking into the first-team under Louis van Gaal, opinions about Rashford’s best role have altered frequently.

Rashford flourished as a centre-forward under Van Gaal while Jose Mourinho didn’t fancy him at the point of attack, signing Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Romelu Lukaku to play ahead of him.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he was mostly played from the left of attack with Anthony Martial playing as the centre-forward.

According to transfermarkt, Rashford has only played 147 out of his 303 outings for Man Utd on the left wing.

At this stage of his career, Rashford feels he needs to be man-managed and believes he hasn’t had that since breaking into the first-team at Manchester United.

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Rashford is hoping for a fresh start under Ten Hag next season after falling out of favour under Ralf Rangnick last season.

He is optimistic about working with Ten Hag, having heard such promising information about his fourth club manager in the last six years.

He was linked with a move away from Manchester United in recent months but he is now ready to pen a new contract. His current deal expires in 2023.

Manchester United remains Rashford’s priority, with the expectation that an impressive start to the new campaign will see him force his way into Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans.

His poor form for Manchester United last season saw Rashford drop out of England’s squad.

With the World Cup at Qatar later this year, Rashford is hoping to start the season brilliantly for Manchester United and then forcing his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup.

Rashford hopes to benefit from a full pre-season, something he lacked last year when undergoing shoulder surgery immediately after England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euros final.

Meanwhile, former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam believes Ten Hag can be a success at Old Trafford if he is backed in the transfer market.

“We all know what he can do and what he has done over in Holland with Ajax,” he said. “Hopefully he can do the same now with United.

“Obviously, there are certain things that will need to be there for him to help him, maybe in terms of different players and personnel. But I think he’s done a good job in Holland.”

He continued: “In Holland, we always say that every player in every position needs to be able to play football. So a centre-back needs to be able to dribble forward, to be the extra man in midfield, to have that pass. We try to educate players to be able to do everything.

“At United, one of Fergie’s qualities was bringing players in of a certain ability who could do things well in their position; then if they go well together, you’ve got a chance of doing very well. He got the right players for the right positions.”

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